The suffix ‘T’ is a special one for Porsche aficionados as it reminds them of the magnificent 911T of the 1960s. But Porsche decided it’s time to sully this badge, too, by using it as a marketing ploy to sell more Boxsters and Caymans. So please welcome the new Porsche 718T, a touring, sort of, version of the entry-level sports car by the German manufacturer.
Okay, so sully may be a tad harsh, since Porsche 718T actually has some decent specs. But the fact remains, it is not a 911 and therefore not worthy of that special little letter. In any case, the new richer, tauter variant of the Boxster and Cayman is a departure from Porsche’s usual way of improving a sports model, which includes adding power and lowering weight. These models are all about equipment and features.
So Porsche 718T Boxster and Cayman came for the first time in this range with the 20-inch alloy wheels, the PASM sports chassis lowered by 20 millimetres, and Sport Chrono package at the same time. While you can order the 718T with a PDK, Porsche recommends the six-speed gearbox and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), including mechanical rear axle differential locking, for the 300 PS 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.
The lowered ride height of the Porsche 718T is furthered enhanced with centrally positioned sports exhaust with black, chrome-plated twin tailpipes. Furthermore, the model comes with a range of special colors, including Lava Orange and Miami Blue. Inside, the main garnish elements include black door pulls in the door panels and sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections and the “718” logo embroidered on the headrests. You can add to this a larger infotainment screen with new graphics.
As for pricing, the new Porsche 718 Cayman T costs from 63,047 euros in Germany and the 718 Boxster T from 65,070 euro. They are worth the extra cash you have to shell out for them compared to a regular Boxi or Cayman because these will hold their value better. So you will make the difference come sale time.